Paper Round: Arsenal eye £35m striker

Yesterday, Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis said the club is finally ready to compete for trophies.

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Fernando Llorente, Athletic Bilbao. 2012

And he is ready to put his money where his mouth is, according to the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph.

Wenger has been given £35 million to spend in January as he looks to sign a replacement for Robin van Persie.

The leading contenders are a pair of Spaniards - Athletic Bilbao's Euro 2012-winner Fernando Llorente and Atletico Madrid's Adrian Lopez.

Llorente would represent a particularly exciting capture, though what recent signing Olivier Giroud makes of this news is anyone's guess.

Still with Arsenal - Wenger wants Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm to provide competition for Wojciech Szczesny, having been unimpressed by stand-in Vito Mannone's recent performances.

West Bromwich Albion want to replace FA-bound director of football Dan Ashworth with... the man who spent £35m on Andy Carroll.

The Daily Mirror claims that Damien Comolli, who lavished massive sums on average players at Tottenham and Liverpool, is top of the Baggies' wish list.

Their first choice, Frank Arnesen, has decided to stay at Hamburg.

Edin Dzeko has called out the papers for persistently suggesting his time at Manchester City is up.

City boss Roberto Mancini watched Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao at the weekend, but Dzeko has dismissed claims he is on the way out.

He said: “Every time I see a paper, for what seems like a year or more, there is a story saying that I am leaving City, or that I want to go.

“But I’ve never said that so the stories don’t come from me. I’ve always wanted to stay at City and fight for my place."

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Otherwise, it is a quiet day in the papers. Proof positive comes in The Sun, whose Photoshop bods had the time and inclination to put Phil Jagielka on a can of soup.

The reason, Kyle Walker has described his England team-mate as a hero thanks to the pair's Sheffield United connection.

Walker said: “Sometimes he tries to get me some soup and I say to him, ‘You can’t be doing that, let me get you some soup’."

So there you have it. Soup.

Still on the subject of international week barrel-scraping, QPR skipper Park Ji-Sung has been accused of not pulling his weight by former Hoops midfielder Lee Cook.

That's Lee Cook.

He said: "Every time I saw Park at United, he was a workhorse. For me, he doesn’t seem to be working as hard as he did there. People I know think a few of them are there for a pay-day."

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